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A.L. East Weekly Roundup (4/11/21-4/17/21)

This is the first roundup edition by Baseball Unplugged. The goal of the roundup is to give a snapshot of the week or a month in Major League Baseball utilizing the RCR, tRCR and EER statistics. These statistics can only be found currently at Baseball Unplugged.

Some ground rules for the Weekly Roundup are:

*Hitters must have had at least 8 Plate Appearances (PA) during the week to qualify for the Weekly Roundup.

*Pitchers must have logged at least 2 Innings Pitched (IP) during the week to qualify for the Weekly Roundup.

What are the RCR, tRCR and EER statistics?

RCR (Run Contribution Rating) takes the RPA (Run Production Average) statistic and applies BA (Batting Average, OBP (On Base Percentage), and SLG (Slugging Percentage) with the amount of opportunities that player had. RCR is on a 9 point scale, with Barry Bonds’ 2004 season being a 9; so when evaluating players, you can compare to that season.

tRCR (team Run Contribution Rating) is the same as RCR except it includes Runs Scored and Runs Batted In (RBI’s). Runs Scored and RBI’s can be considered team related individual stats. An individual only has complete control of those statistics (R and RBI’s) if hitting a solo home run is the result. tRCR is also on a 9 point scale.

EER (Efficiency + Effectiveness Rating) is measuring the efficiency of getting outs while keeping runs off the board no matter which role the pitcher has. It combines Batters Faced with ERA (Earned Run Average) and Innings Pitched. EER is on a 9 point scale. A perfect game or facing the minimum amount of batters is a 9.

EER tends to favor relief pitchers when looking at just one week because of the limited innings (small sample size). It is not meant as a statistic to find the best starting pitcher.

The top three or four will be listed for each team within the division.

AL EAST (4/11/21-4/17/21)

Baltimore Orioles

Wins: 3 Losses: 4

Runs Scored: 33 Runs Allowed: 33

Top 3 Run Contribution Ratings:

NameRCRtRCRGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOHBPSHSFGDPSBCSBAOBPSLG
Freddy Galvis5.445.277211879311132000000.500.571.944
Maikel Franco4.495.657272458202935000000.333.407.667
DJ Stewart2.793.447252156001445000000.286.400.429

Freddy Galvis led the Orioles for the week with a 5.44 RCR. Maikel Franco led the Orioles in tRCR when you add in the component of Runs and RBI’s. Franco had 9 RBI’s, while Galvis had 1 RBI. This made him a clear winner in team RCR. Galvis had a better slash line, which made him the winner in RCR (which does not factor in Runs and RBI’s).

Top 3 Efficiency + Effectiveness Ratings:

NameEERGGSWLSVIPHRERBBSOHRHBPERAAB2B3BGDPSBCSBFPit
Travis Lakins9.00301300003000.00900001938
Wade LeBlanc6.89202 1/310002000.00800000835
Paul Fry6.6140420007000.0014000001454

Baltimore had some great relief pitching for the week as several relievers ranked high in efficiency. The three Orioles listed did not allow a run in 9 1/3 innings. Travis Lakins scored a 9.00 as he faced only nine batters in three innings.

Boston Red Sox

Wins: 5 Losses: 1

Runs Scored: 38 Runs Allowed: 22

Top 3 Run Contribution Ratings:

NameRCRtRCRGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOHBPSHSFGDPSBCSBAOBPSLG
J.D. Martinez6.557.175231965003546000100.263.391.737
Alex Verdugo5.387.1562723581021022101100.348.407.652
Rafael Devers6.296.966272347103938001000.304.370.739

This was interesting to see play out. Boston is high on the Run Contribution scale. J.D. Martinez barely edged teammate Alex Verdugo in the team component of RCR. Verdugo had the edge in Batting Average, On Base Percentage, and RBI’s. Martinez had the edge in Home Runs, Runs, and Slugging Percentage. The thing that put Martinez slightly over the top was that he did this in 4 fewer At Bats and 1 less Game.

Rafael Devers was second on the team in RCR and third in tRCR. While Martinez and Devers had similar stat lines, Devers had more At Bats and Plate Appearances.

The Red Sox are the only team in the division where the top 3 run contributors had a higher tRCR than RCR. That means the team is creating lots of opportunities to drive in runs.

Top 3 Efficiency + Effectiveness Ratings:

NameEERGGSWLSVIPHRERBBSOHRHBPERAAB2B3BGDPSBCSBFPit
Darwinzon Hernandez5.44302 1/310010000.00800000923
Matt Andriese4.84203 2/341013000.0012100201555
Hirokazu Sawamura4.38303 1/311112102.7011000001254

Like Baltimore, the top 3 EER ratings on the Boston team belong to relief pitchers. Darwinzon Hernandez faced nine batters in 2 1/3 innings without giving up a run.

New York Yankees

Wins: 2 Losses: 4

Runs Scored: 23 Runs Allowed: 31

Top 3 Run Contribution Ratings:

NameRCRtRCRGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOHBPSHSFGDPSBCSBAOBPSLG
Kyle Higashioka4.794.8338822002301000000.250.2501.000
Aaron Judge3.653.366252134102346000000.190.320.524
Gio Urshela2.702.806242216101526000110.273.333.455

The Bronx Bombers had a weak offense for this week. Higashioka barely qualifies as he had the minimum 8 Plate Appearances. Still, he had the best RCR and tRCR for the Yankees with his two Home Runs and three RBI’s. Aaron Judge also had two Home Runs and three RBI’s, but had 17 more Plate Appearances than Higashioka.

Top 3 Efficiency + Effectiveness Ratings:

NameEERGGSWLSVIPHRERBBSOHRHBPERAAB2B3BGDPSBCSBFPit
Aroldis Chapman5.062011220005000.00820000825
Gerrit Cole5.02111631118001.5021000002298
Darren O’Day4.76302 2/320014000.0010000001143

This was also interesting to see how it would play out between Aroldis Chapman and Gerrit Cole. Chapman barely edges Cole due to not giving up a run. Chapman faced eight batters in two innings. Cole faced twenty-two batters in six innings. Gerrit Cole is the first starting pitcher so far on the roundup.

Tampa Bay Rays

Wins: 3 Losses: 4

Runs Scored: 27 Runs Allowed: 32

Top 3 Run Contribution Ratings:

NameRCRtRCRGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOHBPSHSFGDPSBCSBAOBPSLG
Francisco Mejia4.333.763111114101201000000.364.364.727
Mike Brosseau3.614.445181655201323000000.313.389.625
Yandy Diaz3.272.296262118000151000000.381.500.381
Mike Zunino2.803.414161523201417000000.200.250.533

This was the first case so far where the top three in RCR did not match the top three in tRCR. So listed is four players to round out the analysis. Francisco Mejia tops the team for the week in RCR, while Mike Brosseau tops the team in tRCR. Mejia had the best slash line in only 11 Plate Appearances, but Brosseau scored 5 Runs and had 3 RBI’s. Yandy Diaz is interesting because he had a Batting Average of .381, but all eight of his hits were singles. He also had only one RBI for the week. This caused his tRCR to be almost a full point lower than his RCR. Mike Zunino only had three hits for the week, but had four RBI’s. This made his RCR lower than his tRCR.

Top 4 Efficiency + Effectiveness Ratings:

NameEERGGSWLSVIPHRERBBSOHRHBPERAAB2B3BGDPSBCSBFPit
Brent Honeywell Jr.9.0011200002000.00600000621
Hunter Strickland9.0020200004000.00600000630
Diego Castillo6.104024 2/320026000.0015100001775
Tyler Glasnow5.4222212 2/3411521000.71420000147207

The Tampa Bay Rays always seem to have good relief pitchers. I don’t know if this is out of necessity or just good luck. Brent Honeywell Jr. and Hunter Strickland are two of the three pitchers in this division that had a 9.00 EER for the week. They each faced only six batters in two innings of work. Diego Castillo had an impressive 6.10 EER in a larger sample size. He faced only 17 batters in 4 2/3 innings while not giving up a run. Tyler Glasnow had to be included as he had an impressive week that included two Games Started. He faced 47 batters in 12 2/3 innings while only giving up one Run. The minimum amount of batters he could have faced is 38.

Toronto Blue Jays

Wins: 3 Losses: 3

Runs Scored: 25 Runs Allowed: 21

Top 3 Run Contribution Ratings:

NameRCRtRCRGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOHBPSHSFGDPSBCSBAOBPSLG
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.6.345.7862422510202324000000.455.500.818
Bo Bichette4.184.406262366102324001010.261.308.565
Rowdy Tellez3.783.515191938001203000000.421.421.579

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had an impressive week. He was in the top two in the division in RCR. J.D. Martinez gets the slight nod mainly because of hitting one more Home Run and drawing two more Walks in three fewer At Bats. Bo Bichette had a higher tRCR than his RCR due to 6 Runs Scored and 3 RBI’s. Rowdy Tellez is third on the team even though his Batting Average was .421. This was because 7 of his 8 hits were singles.

Top 4 Efficiency + Effectiveness Ratings:

NameEERGGSWLSVIPHRERBBSOHRHBPERAAB2B3BGDPSBCSBFPit
Rafael Dolis7.563013 2/300022010.009000001246
Hyun Jin Ryu6.251116 2/341017000.0023200002495
Trent Thornton5.6130530024000.0017100001982
Steven Matz5.51111621125001.5019100002182

Rafael Dolis scored a 7.56 EER for the week. He faced 12 batters in 3 2/3 innings. His week was interesting because he walked 2 batters and hit a batter with a pitch. But, he induced a ground ball double play off the bat of Gleyber Torres on April 12. He also induced a ground ball double play off the bat of Michael A. Taylor on April 17. This reduced the number of batters he faced by two.

Much like Gerrit Cole, Hyun Jin Ryu finished second in EER on his team. It is hard for a starting pitcher to make the top three due to having more batters to face than relief pitchers. Trent Thornton finished the week with a 5.61 EER in five innings of relief work. Steven Matz is included due to having faced 21 batters in 6 innings of work and giving up one run.

WINNERS

J.D. Martinez had the top RCR in the division for the week of April 11th to April 17th with 6.55. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was second with 6.34.

J.D. Martinez also had the top tRCR in the division with 7.17. Alex Verdugo was second with 7.15.

Travis Lakins, Brent Honeywell Jr. and Hunter Strickland shared the top EER in the division with a perfect 9.00.

Travis Lakins gets the tiebreaker for pitching one more inning than Honeywell and Strickland.

BALTIMORE, MD – APRIL 15: Travis Lakins Sr. #70 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches during game two of a doubleheader baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 15, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

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